Headaches :: An Ayurvedic Perspective

One common ailment experienced sooner or later by most of us, are headaches.

The first step in the prevention of headaches is to understand how it manifests. And the first step in this understanding is to grasp the nature of the headache. In both Western and Ayurvedic medicine, headaches fall into three categories:  Tension, Sinus, & Migraine.  (Some of us experience all three at once!)

As you can see, Tension headaches are governed by Vata, often occurring during periods of increased stress, or if our routine becomes irregular, and/or if we are not sleeping well.

Sinus headaches are governed by both Vata and Kapha. These types of headaches occur when there is an excess of Kapha in the system, or if our body is producing too much mucous. This may be because we are not getting enough exercise, or if we are over-eating, or if we have too much ama (toxins) in our systems.

Migraines are governed by both Vata and Pitta. These are generally the most painful types of headaches, and can force us to flat out rest until the pain subsides. It is very difficult (if not impossible) to function while we are experiencing a migraine. Causative migraine factors are:  sitting in front of a computer screen for too long, eating foods that are both Vata (dry) and Pitta (spicy) imbalancing, or an increase in emotional stress ranging from anxiety to anger.

What other factors cause a tension headache? What can we do to prevent one from happening? How should we treat one when we have it?

If you are are prone to migraines, your best option is prevention! That way, you’re be able to keep your life on track. However, if you are suffering from a migraine right now, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the pain.

Since Ayurveda is all about preventing imbalance before it happens. If you are prone to frequent headaches frequently, be sure to ask your Ayurveda health practitioner how you can best prevent them.